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Urban and abstract photography using classic lenses: Canon FD 100mm 2.8

The Canon FD 100mm 2.8 is the first vintage Canon lens I have tried. Come to think of it, it is the first ever Canon lens I used. Period.

I have read a few bits and bobs about Canon’s FD range and I took this out for a spin around the city centre in Glasgow.

Modern architecture in Glasgow’s financial district

Modern architecture in Glasgow’s financial district

I enjoy using these telephoto primes as the lend themselves perfectly to a more abstract style of photography - something I seem to be continually pulled back to no matter how I much I try to move on to something new

The lens itself was light and responsive. Even when using a fairly chunky K&F adaptor the FD 100mm 2.8 sat nicely on my Fujifilm XT2 and felt comfortable in the hand.

The 100mm focal length is great for picking out architectural shapes and details

The 100mm focal length is great for picking out architectural shapes and details

The focussing was silky smooth - although I did miss focus on a few occasions but I will put this down to user error and the fact I was scurrying around eagerly searching out compositions. The aperture rings clicks nicely in to place. Overall the lens is a joy to use.

Brutalist architecture in Cardogan Street

Brutalist architecture in Cardogan Street

Architecture on the river Clyde

Architecture on the river Clyde

Motorway overpass near Anderston

Motorway overpass near Anderston

More information on the various Canon FD 100mm 2.8 can be found here.

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Urban photography with classic lenses: Olympus OM Zuiko 135mm f3.5

The Olympus OM Zuiko 135mm f3.5 is a small, light and responsive lens. Focussing was nice and smooth and I really liked the colour reproduction especially using the Classic Chrome film simulation. Black and white shots also looked pretty decent when using the Acros film simulation too.

The photographs here were shot in RAW and processed in Adobe Lightroom with some minimal tweaking to contrast, colour balance and sharpening.

[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

[XT2 / Acros]

[XT2 / Acros]

[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

More information on the various Olympus OM Zuiko 135mm f3.5 lens can be found here.

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How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

The small, light and responsive Jupiter-8 was a joy to use.  I found it tremendously tactile with smooth and responsive focus and aperture rings.  It may not be the sharpest lens but the colour reproduction was lovely, most notably when applying the Velvia film simulation. Interestingly, Velvia is rarely my film simulation of choice.

More information on the various Jupter-8 lens can be found at Soviet Cams

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The walls of Dalmarnock water treatment works are adorned with some great graffiti [XT2 / Velvia]

The walls of Dalmarnock water treatment works are adorned with some great graffiti
[XT2 / Velvia]

Graffiti on the old Dalmarnock railway bridge [XT2 / Velvia]

Graffiti on the old Dalmarnock railway bridge
[XT2 / Velvia]

Dalmarnock Bridge [XT2 / Velvia]

Dalmarnock Bridge
[XT2 / Velvia]

New housing being constructed in Dalmarnock [XT2 / Acros]

New housing being constructed in Dalmarnock
[XT2 / Acros]

Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

The Soligor 135mm 3.5 is an unusual focal length for me. I have been keen to try out this focal length to take architecture and abstract shots when in the city.  Here are a few sample shots I took over a couple of days ambling around in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Looking out over Waverley Station toward the Old Town [XT2 / Provia]

Looking out over Waverley Station toward the Old Town
[XT2 / Provia]

Edinburgh rooftops [XT2 / Acros+R]

Edinburgh rooftops
[XT2 / Acros+R]

Riverboat Casino [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Riverboat Casino
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Love locks [XT"2 / Acros+G]

Love locks
[XT"2 / Acros+G]

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.

You can discover in depth information about the Soligor 135mm 3.5 at PentaxForums.com